Nathdwara, which lies at a distance of 48 km from Udaipur, is one of the most celebrated religious sites in India. Also known as the 'Gateway to the Lord', Nathdwara is known for its Vaishnava temple of Lord Srinathji, which enshrines the sacred image of Lord Krishna as Govardhan Giridhari. This image, which was originally enshrined at Mathura, was brought to Mewar to protect it from the wrath of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Nestled amidst idyllic hills, the quaint little town of Nathdwara is a beehive of activity all throughout the year. Several winding lanes and alleys lead to the most famous spot of the town that attracts thousands of devotees every day. The town also has several souvenir shops selling some very good silver items. The best time to travel to Nathdwara is from September to December.
Tourist Attractions in Nathdwara
Some of the famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Nathdwara are listed below.
The Srinathji Temple
The Srinathji Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in India. This sacred temple was built in the 17th century and houses a sacred image of Lord Srinathji (a manifestation of Lord Krishna) that is supposed to date back to the 12th century BC. Visited by devotees from all over the world the Srinathji Temple is said to be the second wealthiest temple in India after the Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh.
Rajsamand or the Royal Lake is an artificial lake built by Rana Raj Singh I in the 17th century to provide employment to the victims of the widespread drought that swept Rajasthan at that time. The lake is around 6 km long and 2.5 km wide with a depth of 18 meters. Several ornamental arches and chhatris adorn the embankment of this lake, which is also one of the biggest artificial lakes in Rajasthan.
The Nav Chowki (the Nine Pavilions) is situated on the banks of the Rajsamand Lake. This pillared edifice, paved in marble is adorned by a number of intricately carved chhatris and ornamental arches that give it a very elegant look.
How to reach Nathdwara
» Road: Nathdwara is well connected by road to Udaipur, which is 48 km away.
» Rail: The nearest important railway station is the Udaipur Railway station.
» Air: Udaipur is the nearest airport, which is well connected to some of the major cities in India.
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